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Publisher: Pearson; 8 edition (February 2, 2014)
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Reading books for academic study means I go through a significant amount of literature each year. Each writer has their own style and each publisher has their own preferred method of book building. Pearson Education out shined themselves with Operating Systems Internals and Design Principles. The first thing you'll notice is the fine paper the book is printed on. Usually this quality of paper is very expensive textbooks or religious publications. The paper is light and delicate to touch yet durable and difficult to tear. Just touching each page felt like I was reading a museum quality manuscript.Next, the book is covered in a wealth of resources. When you open the front cover the first page is an access code for additional chapters, videos, animations and other premium content. Each chapter has dozens of outstanding reference books that provide the foundation for the author's thought process. All good books are based on solid research and this book is a perfect example of deep research already provided to the reader.The bibliography is worth the price of the book because it covers the evolution of not just operating systems but computing and design theories. William Stallings is not new to writing and his experience in creating highly useful textbooks comes through in every page. This book starts off like a history book, going into the genesis of certain operating systems. Windows, Unix, Linux and Android are covered in general detail to begin the lessons. These operating systems were chosen because each one is so different from the others that they are perfect examples of how operating systems can be implemented.The first chapter gives the reader and overview of what an OS is and how difficult building this software really is.
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